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ing people. last year, virginia, you helped lead a movement... of americans who believed that their voices could make a difference. that's what we need to do in this race. that's what creigh deeds is committed to. i need every one of you to get fired up once again so that we can go towards the future with creigh deeds leading the great commonwealth of virginia! two little birds wearing a couple little hats. that looks like my windshield... when i made my trip back from phoenix. yeah, that's it. depend brand. for women and men. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> it could all come down to voter turnout, whether virginia returns to read.
a battleground for one of only two statewide races in the nation today. good afternoon, and alison starling. the polls were open and all eyes were on who the commonwealth will send to the governor's mansion dared courtney robinson joined us from a precinct in alexandria where she has been all morning. you have seen a lot of people out there? >> they have seen about 500 voters in this precinct. there are 2000 voters in this precinct. these candidates, they are not letting go of any moment left in this day. we just saw mcdonnell hit this precinct. an off-year election, nonetheless, potential turning point. >> that is all we're here to do is represent the boat and tried to the theblue. >> for the past eight years democrats have occupied the mansion but bob mcdonnell's double-digit lead has some republicans hopeful this seat will go red in every big
possibility. if the people show up who participated in the polls. >> that is the concern for mcdonnell, that some of his supporters might not show up thinking victory is already his. the candidates showed up at his local fairfax county precinct this morning urging people to get to the polls and to vote in his favor. >> i want to see a brighter future for all of our people and i will get right to work tomorrow if i am fortunate to get elected. >> meanwhile democrat creigh deeds is focusing on undecided central and north west virginia, casting his vote and is native county earlier today. >> if you are all in with me the next 24 hours, i will be all in for you with, there. >> the wild card is turnout. local election officials say for a governor's race, it seems healthy but the lack of lines surprised some voters at riverside elementary. >> i think it probably hurts one party over the other.
>> which party? >> no comments. >> it is difficult to know which party it might hurt because it is unknown what is happening statewide as far as turnout is concerned. we will know it as the polls began to close. closing at 7:00 p.m. tonight. still time to get out and vote. >> ok, thank you so much. virginia voters will also elect all 100 seats in the house of delegates as well as you -- lt. gov. attorney general. polls have the incumbent republican bill bolling leading democrat joe wagner by double digits. and republican state senator cuccinelli is up 10 points over state delegate steve shannon. in maryland, local races have voters picking mares. mayor and city council seats are open. in annapolis and there are
mayoral and alderman elections as well. polls will be open until 8:00 p.m. in maryland and 7:00 p.m. in virginia. also a gubernatorial race in new jersey and a congressional seat open in new york. although it is considered an off year, meaning there is no presidential race, each election holds real meaning, not just for constituents and those jurisdictions. pamela brown explains. >> one year after voters for president -- put president obama and the white house many republicans are fired up, saying 2009 is their year. >> they can win and battleground virginia, new jersey, new york, they will be enabled different place. >> republicans are counting on a voter backlash. republican bob macdonald is favored to win by a comfortable margin in virginia. in new jersey, governor corzine is down to the wire with his conservative opponent despite strong support from the president. some say the outcome is a vote on obama's political agenda.
>> on wednesday there will be people on either side -- particularly if the democrats lose all three of those races. >> the third race, in new york's 23rd district has taken some bizarre turns. it starts out with a conservative running against the republican candidate. then the republicans scozzafava pulls out and endorsers war -- her democratic rival. democrats say the move to expose as a split in the democratic party while many conservatives are claiming victory. >> the big story is just that conservatives won. they ousted the republican- backed candidate and now you have energy, and uncontrollable panic among the activists. >> while that may be considered a political of year, the outcome of today's havily contested races will war -- weigh heavily on how republicans and democrats performed in 2010 and 2012. in maine voters without their say on whether to uphold a log that allows same-sex couples to
wed. if it passes it would be the first state referendum to accept gay marriage. in the newsroom, pamela bro, abc 7 news. >> we will have the very latest on all of the race is throughout the day on abc 7 news at 5 and at 6 m long -- and a wrap up at 11:00. find as any time on wjla.com. things are not dictating about the polls. but we are in for a warm-up. here is brian of the first forecast. axle pretty nice. >> it feels pretty nice. we were looking from the roof cameras, one shot into the city. among the title basin, you can see a fair, and sunshine. we have been watching all day because we didn't start off as sunshine filled, quite a bit of fog. this is the sun coming up. low-lying. you could put this into motion. you see the clouds streaming across the bottom of the screen.
temperature-wise, 62 downtown and 60 in martinsburg. forecast, low to mid 60's this afternoon, 30's and 40's tonight. we will have all of that and more coming up. >> thank you. fire completely gutted a prince george's county home overnight. it took firefighters an hour and a half to distinguish the flames of upper marlboro. natural gas lines broke, eling the fire. homeowners did escape safely but the house is destroyed and neighboring homes were damaged. it is still unclear what sparked the fire. in montgomery county nearly two dozen parents died in this house fire in rockville. the blaze started overnight in the basement of this home. five adults were able to escape but of the 23 pet birds inside, only one survived. prince william county police this morning release the names
of the two teenagers who died in a double shooting. one of the victim's father is discovered their bodies in his oakdale circle home in triangle last night. matt brock has the latest on the investigation. >> it is unimaginable for any parent, a father returns to his home to find his 17-year-old daughter date, and 18-year-old classmate dead alongside her. almost immediately police said what ever happened happen between the two. it was clear nobody else was involved. >> we are not looking for a murder suspect. i would n say anything more. >> police spent much of the night trying to work out how what came to this, apparent murder-suicide. two young people shot to death. was it abusive relationship or a suicide pact? the young girl is 17-year-old does a great patrick and the boy is 18-year-old -- williams.
they say everything seemed somewhat normal. >> nothing seemed out of the ordinary. >> it is crazy. i could not tell you much. i hate to see something happen to people like that, though. >> police say they went and had and alerted the prince william county school system. both teenagers are students at forest park high school. grief counselors are expected tomorrow. the school is closed today for election day. police by then will likely have a good idea of the events that led up to the tragedy. but it may be harder to explain just why it had to come to such an awful and. in woodbridge, matt brock. the sniper mastermind is making a final appeal to the u.s. supreme court. john allen mohammad it is set to die by lethal injection next tuesday november 10. of for the killing of one of 10 people shot dead in that sprague
in october 2002. speeders and maryland will get another two weeks of warnings -- 900 motorists have already got the warnings. after the extension is up, drivers, but the cameras will get $4 tickets. the cameras are now legal. they will rotate among work zones throughout the state. metro officials say they can close a budget gap of more than $20 million of stimulus and insurance money. insurance money could provide $7 million for the budget gap and funds could provide up to 20 million. of the budget figures will be presented thursday during a metro board committee meeting. the shortfall is a result of a drop in writer ship and also rising costs. still to come, airfares taking off again and right at the most popular time to fly. we will tell you how much. >> it is believed they were out stargazing.
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>> america's chief diplomat is treading carefully on possible progress for mideast peace and it all hinges on israeli settlements in what could become a state of palestine. simon mcgregor has the latest on secretary of state hillary clinton's efforts. >> the secretary of state in morocco tuesday telling a mainly arab audience she remains committed to middle east peace and a palestinian state. >> the policy has not changed.
i thank you for asking the question. >> on saturday in jerusalem standing alongside israeli prime minister that netanyahu -- >> what the prime minister has offered and the specifics of restraint on the policy of settlements, which he just described, no new start, for example, is unprecedented. >> that language on settlements didn't please the palestinians one bid. a palestinian president abbas is refusing to talk unless there is a fuel -- full freeze and he thought that was the american position, too, and accuses the obamadmintration of backtracking. on monday and marrakesh, mrs. clinton heard the same fears from arab foreign ministers and she seems to change your tune. >> we do not believe that hammerman -- sediments are legitimate. we said that repeatedly. we made that clear to the israelis, arabs, the
palestinians, and the world. >> thessue of israeli settlements stymied efforts to kick start the peak talk -- peace talks. the administrations have called for settlement freeze is, it was refused but they agree to put limits on the building work. palestinians said it is not enough. without one side backing down the process is blocked. hillary clinton flies for last- minute talks in cairo with president mubarak wednesday with the jig before heading back to washington. for all the words, she has made little progress. simon mcgregor, abc news. in north dakota a desperate search for three missing women. the three were all teammates on the dickinson state university softball team. they went for a drive on sunday night and one woman's father says she often went stargazing at patterson lake. investigators say one of the girls made a frantic cellphone called to a friend just before midnight, ask for he, said
something about water, and the phone went dead. air and land searches will continue today. supplies of swine flu vaccine is still questionable. but the national institutes of health says it is sure the vaccine is safe. they say it produced the expected boost of immunity and a single standard dues -- dose should work for adults as well as pregnant women. montgomery county is reserving its current supply of 250 injectable doses for expectant mothers. >> the vaccine that we have right now is the only thg that pregnant women can take. and it seems to be right now the best way to get a limited vaccine out for some of the high risk categories. >> another high risk group, children younger than 10, will meet two injectable doses for the best results. if you plan to fly during the upcoming holiday season, prepared to pay more. most of the largest u.s.
airlines increased surcharges for travel on the most popular travel days. up to $20 each way. that is up from $10 normally. delta, american, united, usair, northwest, all boosted their surcharge. despite the news a local airport tops the list for passenger satisfaction. an annual survey ranks reagan national airport no. 1 in the nation for business travel. no other washington area airport even make the top 10. 1700 travelers ranked on delays, restaurants, accessibility, among other criteria. the world series headed back to the bronx to maroni. philadelphia phillies beat the new york yankees to stay alive. final score, 8-6. the yankees still lead the series 3-2. how about this? an ad in yesterday's philadelphia inquirer jumped the gun in announcing a world series
champ. the newspaper ran a three- quarters page at from macy's congratulating the phillies won back-to-back world series titles. the newspaper has apologized for their mistake. a bit of wishful thinking on their part. >> i was up late -- what is going on? >> let us talk about this beautiful afternoon. >> gorgeous outside. sunny. mild. a cold front coming through, which means a few clouds but also a little breeze. but the rest of the week will be in the 50's. let us take a look outside. a few high clouds streaming. all in all, it will be gorgeous. we sought -- showed you a time lapse earlier. another one out in frederick. 56 right now in frederick, just gorgeous. we have been watching the foliage and some of the trees in the foreground. but the leaves have gone by by in the wind. check it out soon.
60 and leesburg, 61 in front royal, king george, 64. most of us and the 60's. the front swings through, leveling off, not climbing up to this afternoon and a drop back as we see the cold air settling in. pittsburgh, detroit, chicago, 40's and 50's. tomorrow we will have 50's throughout the afternoon. that move through, fanfare. and into thursday, the next systems brings -- swings through. maybe some sprinkles and not in flurries. just a breezy and sunny today. comfortable and cooler tomorrow. chilly night. comfortable afternoon. typical november weather. a few extra clout late tonight into thursday. a couple of sprinkles what the next system. longer-term toward the weekend, it does appear that milder air will come back and as well as
sunshine. it should be a good stretch. forecast today, sun mixing with clouds from time to time. winds of about five in the to 15. tonight, clear to cold. temperatures really will fall into the 30's. 34 up to 41 but looking beyond tomorrow, partly sunny but cooler, mid 50's. maybe a sprinkle late in the day tomorrow into early in the day thursday. thursday afternoon, and mix of clouds and sunshine. then mostly sunny clouds, friday, saturday, sunday. temperatures rebound in. a nice little stretch of weather. get out and vote. no excuse. >> it is good to have a break from the rain. still to come, a boost for home buyers. on open up, the talk-show host returns to the news desk
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>> the ticket lottery to see the national christmas tree lighting begins tonight after midnight the first-ever on-line lottery opens at 12:01 p.m. wednesday and nearly 3000 free tickets will be given away. it will happen on december 3 right there on the eclipse. gambling already time. >> one month away. >> and believable. >> kind of scary. start shopping. it is a good day to be outside, the last mile the day we will have. but it will still be a bad week. today election day, a lot of big elections.
can't blame the weather. a breezy, kind of mild. tonight, we will fall into a 30's. pretty chilly. tomorrow afternoon, a big difference because afternoon temperatures only in the 50's. a couple sprinkles tomorrow night, thursday, and nothing but sunshine into the weekd and early next week we warm up into the 50's. >> a nice weekend. ok, wonderful. thank you for joining us today. see you back here for "good morning washington" are you making it easier for bacteria to grow on your dentures? you are if you use toothpaste instead of soaking them in polident toothpaste is abrasive on dentures look, scratches where bacteria can collect and grow and bacteria can cause bad breath that's why i recommend replacing toothpaste with polident only polident is proven to clean without scratching and kills 99.9% of odor causing bacteria don't scratch your dentures clean use polident every day